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i Phone Keyboard Stand 



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iPhone Keyboard Stand 

Written By: Tnorth 



TOOLS: 


PARTS: 


Heat gun (1) 


Velcrom 




Plexiglass (1) 




Epoxy (1) 



SUMMARY 

Frustrated by the fact that my almost-ten-year-old handspring visor and stowaway portable 
keyboard had better note-taking capabilities than my iPhone, I was pleased when Apple 
finally opened up Bluetooth keyboard accessibility on the iPhone. This build incorporates 
Plexiglas, Velcro, and some two-part epoxy to create a functional iPhone stand for the 
standard Apple Wireless Keyboard. 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 



Step 1 — iPhone Keyboard Stand 




• Here is what the i Phone/Bluetooth 
keyboard stand will look like when 
completed. 



Step 2 




• Supplies: Velcro and Plexiglas. 
Total: $6. 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 
Step 3 




• Determine the dimenstions for the 
Plexiglas stand. 



Step 4 




• When determining the height of the 
stand, be sure to add the 
circumference of the tubular part of 
the keyboard. I went with a total 
dimension of 7" height x 5 1 /4 M width. 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 
Step 5 




• Use a heat gun or similar heating 
element to soften the Plexiglas. 
Bend Plexiglas around a solid 
cylindrical object that is 
approximately the same size as the 
tubular part of the keyboard. I used 
a socket wrench, but a wooden 
dowel should work as well. 



Step 6 




• Use the phone to set registration 
marks for width... 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 



Step 7 




• ...and height for your phone ledge 
spacers. 



Step 8 




» Use plastic, wood or Plexiglas for 
the two ledge spacers, approx 1/4" 
x 1/4" x 1" each. Adjust according 
to your registration mark 
placement, and use two-part epoxy 
to attach the spacers to the stand. 
Be sure to rough up the surfaces 
with sandpaper prior to cementing. 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 
Step 9 




• Apply Velcro to the cylindrical part 
of the keyboard and the curved part 
of the stand. Try hooks on the 
keyboard and loops on the stand. 
Reverse it if the fit doesn't work 
well for you. 

• Wrap the Velcro completely around 
the cylindrical part of the keyboard 
and inside the curved part of the 
stand. 



Step 10 




• Attach the stand's Velcro to the 
keyboard's Velcro. The i Phone can 
now be aligned between the 
spacers for portrait orientation... 



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i Phone Keyboard Stand 
Step 11 




• ...or atop (or below) the spacers for 
landscape orientation. 

• Note: the stand is a little top-heavy 
with the iPhone on the top position. 
Be sure there is enough space for 
the iPhone under the spacers when 
making your measurements. 



Step 12 




• Remove the stand and attach it to 
the back of the keyboard using the 
Velcro. This provides a convenient 
way to carry the keyboard and 
phone together. 



The resulting stand makes it considerably easier to type on your phone in meeting rooms, 

lecture halls, on your lap, etc. While building this, I realized it might be nice to add a handle to 

the top of the stand for easier carrying. This could be done by extending the length of the stand 

and cutting out an oval to create the handle. Additional Velcro could be added to attach the 

spacers to the back of the keyboard for easier carrying. 

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i Phone Keyboard Stand 



(Here is my original description of the project on my website: 
http://www.northsecure.com/iphone-stand/ ) 



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